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Scolari: 'Neymar as Important to Brazil as Messi is to Argentina'
Goal.com, June 24th, 2014 12:21PM

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Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari on Monday said that Neymar is as important to Brazil as Lionel Messi is to Argentina after he scored twice as Brazil won Group A with a 4-1 win against Cameroon. The Barcelona forward gave Brazil the lead after 17 minutes when he guided home a Luiz Gustavo cross before scoring his fourth goal of the tournament with a fine solo effort after 35 minutes.

"Brazil depends on Neymar like Argentina dependson Messi," Scolari said during his post-game press conference. "They are players who are different and can make the difference for their respective teams. Neymar is a point of reference to Brazil, like Messi is to Argentina."

Despite narrowly avoiding a date with the Netherlands, Scolari said that Brazil would not underestimate Chile, which fell 2-0 to the Netherlands on Monday, finishing second in Group B to the Dutch. "Many thought that Chile wouldn't make it out of their group, but I'm not surprised. They have a lot of quality. If I had had the chance to choose an opponent I would have picked another team. I would have preferred not to meet Chile. It is always difficult to play against South American opposition. Chile have a lot of individual quality and are very well organized."

The Brazil-Chile game will take place in Belo Horizonte on Saturday.

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